NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Montreal
(Monday, November 19th)
Final Score: Ottawa 4, Montreal 2
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Dany Heatley scored a goal and added a pair of assists, as the Ottawa Senators downed the Montreal Canadiens, 4-2, at Bell Centre.
The Sens ruined a special night for the Canadiens, who prior to the game retired former great Larry Robinson's No. 19, which made the legendary defenseman the 13th Montreal player to have his number lifted to the rafters.
Robinson, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, won six Stanley Cup titles during his 17-year tenure with the Habs and twice won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenseman. Robinson is also second on Montreal's all-time list in games played (1,202), fourth in assists (686) and fifth in points (883).
Ottawa though stole the spotlight from Montreal and Robinson as Jason Spezza had three assists while Martin Gerber ended with 36 saves for the Senators, who have three wins in their last four games.
"Everytime we play this team this year, we know its going to be a tough game," Heatley said. "That in itself gets us ready to go."
Cristobal Huet gave up all four goals on 29 shots while Guillaume Latendresse and Chris Higgins scored for the Canadiens, who have two losses in their last three games.
"I think we have good enough skills to win, but they don't sacrifice their defense," said Higgins. "They back check and play good in their own end. We can match them offensively, but we sacrifice defense for that type of skill. They are a pretty solid, all-around team."
A power-play goal at 3:47 of the opening period gave the visitors the early edge. From the left half-wall, Daniel Alfredsson centered a pass in front to Patrick Eaves, who one-timed the feed past Huet.
Chris Neil gave Ottawa a 2-0 lead at 8:57 of the first. From behind the net, Spezza threw the puck out in front where Neil managed to knock the disc into the net.
Montreal got on the board at 10:18 of the second after Latendresse battled for a loose puck outside the crease and on his backhand, pushed the disc through the pads of Gerber for a power-play tally.
The Senators regained their two-goal lead at 14:35 of the second after Heatley tallied his ninth goal of the season.
Just 1:16 into the final frame, Ottawa upped its lead to 4-1. From the left circle, Heatley fired a shot that Huet stopped, however, Chris Kelly knocked in the rebound from just outside the goal mouth.
Higgins pulled the Habs within two goals at 4:31 of the third after he ripped a wrister from right circle that slipped past Gerber on the far side.
Montreal wasn't able to pull any closer the remainder of the contest.
Spezza has 15 assists on the season...Canadiens forward Tom Kostopoulos served his automatic one-game suspension for instigating a fight in the final seconds of Saturday's victory over Boston...Ottawa ended 1-for-5 on the power play while Montreal scored once in six chances with the man advantage.
11/19 22:57:14 ET